Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beware of Strangers Bearing Gifts

This seems to be a common event here in Second Life.  Someone gets an object and then it "deletes all your inventory" or hijacks your account and "steals your linden dollars"
Accepting Landmarks and Notecards are generally safe, but the problem comes when you receive and rez an actual object.
First, let me be clear that I have researched this several times and it always comes up in topics on various SL forums.
You generally have to grant the object permission in order for it to do "anything” The problem is that residents are always quick to click yes without realizing the possible consequences.
Sound advice is to never accept objects from strangers and always verify who the person is that is sending it.  The creators name is usually listed in the pop up or you can check the object properties.
The bottom line is if you have any doubt, then do not accept it.  If the person is known to you then you may want to send that person an IM about the object first.
The same rules apply in first life so why should it be different in second life.  Avoid paranoia but when in doubt, exercise a bit of caution.
This is similar to clicking on an unknown or unsolicited link in an email or even executable (.exe) file you may receive.  Always know and check the source carefully.  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Adonis Heights Radio Party

On Saturday we had a party at my Lakeview Deck for the Adonis Heights Radio 2nd year on air.  I was not sure what to expect and I did mention it in a few of my social media channels including  Attendance was light and I am not sure what the reason is for that.  Timing perhaps?  It seems like residents are being pulled in all sorts of directions by contests with huge L$ prize and Best in this and that.  It's incredible the amount of pull people will do to get people to join their events.

My approach is simple.  I put it out there and see what floats.  I have been in Second Life for almost 7 years (my rez day is in May) so this is nothing really new.  Attendance always seems to be on a roller coaster until "The Next Big Thing".

My radio project is not a huge amount of time and investment so I will continue to provide this for those who want to listen to my favorite blend of music.  You can listen in-world and out here or grab the Tune-in app and listen on your mobile device.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Where have I been and where am I going? Part 1

I apologize for my lack in blog posting.  It has been a very eventful past year.

First, let me say that in May 2014, I was laid off after 15 years with the law firm I was on contract with. I am not a lawyer, but work in legal research database services and technology.  These past few months have been extremely difficult for me to adjust.  Now it is down to small project work that I can do online from home.  Of course the problem with that is that I am not making nearly enough as I was on a full time salary.

Just a short side note, it was also around this time that Facebook decided I was not a REAL person and disabled my account.  The only way back was to reveal my identity and at this point I already had enough and I wanted out so I decided to not return. If anyone is looking you can find me active on Google+ instead.

Then in October 2014, I had a fall while waiting for public transit and was sent to the hospital with a deep laceration above my eye.  Unfortunately I did not have medical insurance at the time and in the end, the final costs added up to about $8500. This was regretfully placed on the plastic.  My first huge debt that I managed to avoid over the years in maintaining my good credit.

Now that the holidays are over, I am back to updating my resume and searching for employment.  One thing I have noticed is the growing trend to hire people for part time employment.  Getting back into the workforce and in talking with friends, I find that many of them are holding more than one part time job to try and make ends meet.

Now that brings me to Second Life and what does the future hold for me there?  More in my next post...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Music Connects Us All @ Adonis Heights Radio

There is something very special about how music plays a part in our lives. There is always something that strikes a certain mood. That's what I like about the wide range of music I enjoy. DJ, Club, Dance, House, Trance, Techno, Pop, and even Classical music. Besides exploring the grid and shopping (among other things), you can find me dancing in a club a few nights of the week.

So why is that you may wonder? Well the social nature is definitely a plus that I have come to grow into and appreciate. 

I am currently the Director for Adonis Heights Radio.  A 24/7 station that has been on air since January 2013.  Search for us on Tunein and grab the app.  You can also listen at this link:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall is in the Air

A lot of stuff going on in my First and Second Life.  Trying to keep up with it all.  Just wanted to stop and take time to post this nice Fall scene I recently came across in SL.

This is an area behind the Apple May Design Mens Store.  There is a pumpkin hunt going on there and there are very nice scenic spots so I snapped a few and share one here.

I have a few more on my flickr page.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rocky at Home

I rarely go downstairs to sit in my living room. Probably because my "Home" point where I usually rez in-world is actually my bedroom. So here I am sitting on the sofa in front of the fireplace. I should probably spend time tickling the ivory on the piano there too. :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Plants in your eco-friendly space

It's certainly no secret that plants in your home or workspace environment can have an effect on your overall sense of peace and happiness.  This is true in both your first and second life.

Are you are looking for an orchid to brighten up a space in your home or office?  Perhaps you want to give  a beautiful rose plant to someone special.   Then look no further than the PlantPets Store at Rockridge Heights where you will find many beautiful plant varieties to choose from.  

Rocky Constantine says "PlantPets are probably the easiest breedable you can have in Second Life.  Just rez the seed, keep the water level near 100%, and you can have a baby plant seed every 52 days. You can even set plant friends to help you water them when you are away from SL.  Very low maintenance and there are no complicated fertilizers to buy. "

So stop by Rockridge Heights and get yourself a little happiness today.   The PlantPet store is conveniently located on the corner of the sim.  When taking the train to Rockridge Heights be sure to exit the train station at the East Terminal.  Or take this landmark for a direct connection.  PlantPet Store and Crazy Garden @ Rockridge Heights

Friday, September 5, 2014

Rocky is NOT on Facebook.

Happy Friday to all my blog followers..  I have had a few messages from friends in Second Life asking me if I unfriended them on Facebook..  It would take a lot for me to do that, but for the record... Facebook disabled my account at the end of May this year and wanted verifiable identification.  No cigar  So I decided not to return.  Please feel free to share this with others who may be wondering "Where is Rocky?"  You could also "Google Me" and you will see that I am in a lot of other places.  Have a super weekend!

Here is the link to my Google+ profile

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shadows in my Second Life

I remember when I first discovered shadows in Second Life a couple of years ago.  That was certainly a real eye opener for me.  Unfortunately, it involved setting the viewer to a higher graphic setting than my old computer could not handle.  Often times it would freeze up or crash when I did that.  So I decided to just move through my SL without that luxury. *sad face*

A few months ago, I decided to finally get a new desktop computer.  It was certainly due for an upgrade anyway and with the XP support going away, it pushed me to get a new one sooner.

I had always enjoyed exploring the various windlight settings.  I usually stick to using my favorite CalWL.  No fancy light settings, its just a nice basic setting for getting around in SL.  Now, I get a WOW effect when I want to try and take a super nice photo such as the one in this post.

I am certainly not a pro photographer, but it is nice to see that the average Joe can also take nice photos without any use of Photoshop.  By the way, I do have PS,but really have yet to explore the capabilities.  In fact, this photo was taken with only the "High" setting and not "Ultra".  This particular WL Sky setting is called Fine Day.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Boots Beach Has a New Address

Regular followers of my blog will know that Boots Beach holds a special place in my Second Life.  When I first arrived in SL, this was where I used to hang out with all the "Beach Bums"  It is also where I met my early mentors JakeC Hotshot and Eddi Haskell.

Markus has managed to keep the beach going strong with parties and shops and yes you can still just hang out around the camp fire.  A few weeks ago the beach moved and I wanted to share with you the new landmark.  There have been a few changes, but you will still find the same welcoming space that people have come to know and love.   Grab this surf board and go check it out --

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Second Life: The adventure continues...

I grabbed a water bottle and my backpack and headed out to explore SL. 6+ years and it is still a great adventure for me. I hope it is for you too.